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A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
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Howells--or rather his books--haven't aged well. Despite attempts to show a panorama of New York life, his perspective is blinkered by middle class, middle range male values and experiences. And his writing is so fussy and over detailed I put this sh ...more
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The Perils of Quad by Carl Joglar
"A great little novel! At a time when every YA author seems to be churning out teenage vampire romance and Harry Potter clones, Carl Joglar is trying something a little different.

'The Perils of Quad' is the story of Bodi Hawkes, a fairly typical t..." Read more of this review »
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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2010
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On the surface, or at least the cover, this is a novel about the Sarajevo Haggadah and the people who came into contact with it over the centuries. Alas, a few pages in, Brooks becomes far more interested in griping about her protagonist's misfortune ...more
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The State Counsellor by Boris Akunin
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Akunin's Fandorin books are as much about contemporary Russia as their 19th century setting. This isn't the greatest in the series - Fandorin has become rather a cypher by this point - but it's still a very satisfying read and the parallels are eeri ...more
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The Giant, O'Brien by Hilary Mantel
The Giant, O'Brien
by Hilary Mantel
read in September, 2010
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Mantel is a deeply comic writer at her most tragic. Or should that be deeply tragic at her most comic? Either way, this is a gorgeous, slippery book about fame and being its object.
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Mason And Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Mason And Dixon
by Thomas Pynchon
read in September, 2010
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I used to hate Pynchon's novels. I'd never finished one, putting them down after a few pages feeling confused, irritated and bored. Reviewers didn't help: Either they were boys thrilled by his postmodern toys (ooh,shocking, he makes a dig at Clinton ...more
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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
read in October, 2010
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I don't know whether The Corrections hasn't aged well, or whether it wasn't much good in the first place. It's a pleasant enough read, in a chicklit way, and there are a couple of very funny and apposite moments, but for the most part this sprawling ...more
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The Boardwalk by Robert Kotlowitz
The Boardwalk
by Robert Kotlowitz
read in September, 2010
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I thought this could have been one of those resonant books about America and growing up but despite a great setting - a not-quite-smart-enough hotel in Atlantic City in the early 1930s - and a sympathetic, sensitive teenage Jewish boy as a protagonis ...more
L'ombre Du Vent by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
" Ah, oui, je l'ai déjà lu et je l'aimait bien. "
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